Melusina. Countertops. November 06th , 2017.
When searching for a new home, often the kitchen can serve as a deal breaker. Features such as backsplash, countertops, appliances and cabinetry are very important to the overall decor of your kitchen. Two of the most commonly used materials in designing kitchen countertops are glass and granite. Which is best for you? Perhaps you should take a closer look at both granite kitchen countertops and glass kitchen countertops to determine which is best suited for your home. Over the last ten years, granite kitchen countertops have become a very popular feature in home upgrades and renovation. Granite countertops are available in a large assortment of colors and patterns. These countertops are perfect for those that seek style and durability in the material used to create their countertops. Granite countertops often produce a unique style when installed. Granite is a natural element and as a result many of the stones tend to vary in pattern. This is an advantage for those that desire a custom, one of a kind look for their home.
White Portland is the only way to get a truly white concrete countertop. There are a variety of techniques used to achieve a certain color in a concrete countertop. One of the most basic methods is adding a pigment into the concrete mix before the countertop is poured. These colors are often called integral colors or integrated colors. Integral colors add color throughout the countertop, making the center of the countertop the same color as the surface. This is especially important if any grinding or polishing is to occur after the pour. Post-pour colors will grind off, exposing the original color of the concrete. Some post-pour concrete coloring techniques include stained concrete countertops, tinted concrete countertops, and dyed concrete countertops. Each coloring method will result in a uniquely different result.
There are also some that are less hassle than others, so pay attention to details like application procedures and length between reapplying. Sealers can come in many different sheens and even tints. A higher gloss sealer tends to bring out the richness of the colors, while a flat or matte sealer will tone the concrete countertop down a bit. Tinted sealer must be used carefully because if the color is conflicting or if the particle count of the tint is too high, it can completely ruin the hard work you put into the concrete countertop. Concrete countertop fabricators have been trying many unique ways to set their countertops apart. One semi-common technique is inlaying decorative materials into the concrete countertop when the concrete has yet to cure. Inlaid materials can include sea shells, tiles, natural stones, glass, etc. Even more delicate objects like preserved leaves can be inlaid. Although a sealer can add some protection, always consider the long-term durability of the materials you choose to inlay in the countertop.
Your material of choice can impact the kind of sink you want, whether it is integrated, drop-in or under-mount, An integrated sink will only work with stainless steel or solid-surface materials, like Corian. A drop-in sink is the most versatile and can be used with any type of countertop material, and an under-mount sink also works with any material except for wood. Also consider textures and edges as your material choice will impact these as well. You will want to investigate all the edge styles for your choice and check the sharpness and thickness of the profile. A combination of two materials can be a solution when you are considering tasks that will be performed on that countertop.
Quartz Countertops are known to be resistant to permanent stains. Use quartz countertops if you know there would be a lot of juice, wine and sugar related stains. Quartz is the fourth hardest mineral in nature making it fit for use in natural stone countertops. It is a bit expensive though and will cause a dent in your wallet! Marble countertops are the softest version of natural stone countertops. They can be stained or soiled easily. Keep your marble countertops away from any oil or juice stain! Frequent polishing and sealing of the marble countertops though can keep away any permanent staining. It must be noted that marble countertops cannot withstand permanent stains or scratches.
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